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Demons are a Ghoul's Best Friend (Ghost Hunter Mystery #2)

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Victoria Laurie's ghoulishly great follow-up to "What's a Ghoul to Do?" in her new Ghost Hunter Mystery series
Northelm Boarding School on Lake Placid has the worst bully of all-a demon by the name of Hatchet Jack. M.J. Holliday, along with her partners Gilley and the handsome Dr. Steven Sable, are ready to send him back to the portal from whence he came. The school's sum
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ebook, 304 pages
Published March 1st 2008 by New American Library
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Tanja
Nov 12, 2015 Tanja rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015, review
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Zusammenfassung:

Die Nichte von M. J.'s bester Freundin Teko hatte in ihrem Internat ein schauriges Aufeinandertreffen mit einem Axt schwingenden Geist. Ein Zwischenfall, der sie dazu veranlasst, M. J. und ihr Team, zu dem neuerdings auch Dr. Steven Sable gehört, zu engagieren. Vor Ort in Lake Placid angekommen, muss M. J. allerdings allzu bald feststellen, dass fast keiner über den Geist sprechen möchte.
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Chibineko
I picked this book up after reading the first book in the series & was eager to learn more about my favorite characters. While I enjoyed this book thoroughly, there were a few parts to the book that had my eyes rolling at times.

This current book finds MJ being recruited by Teeko to hunt down a psychotic ghost by the name of "Hatchet Jack" that haunts the ultra priviledged school that her niece attends. Along for the ride are her teammates Gilley (old friend) & Steven (the love interest)
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Barbara
Feb 21, 2011 Barbara rated it liked it
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Joanne
Dec 17, 2012 Joanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun, light and entertaining read! M.J. Holliday and her ghost hunting partners have been asked by her good friend to investigate the terrifying haunting going on at her friend's niece's exclusive boarding school. The poor young girl was terrorized and chased by a hatchet wielding man in the school, but no one else saw him, although there are rumors that the apparition has been haunting the area for years. The school is due to undergo some construction; could that have disturbed the gh ...more
DeAnne
Sep 01, 2009 DeAnne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: from-library
Who doesn't love a good axe-wielding marauding ghost who roams the hall ways of exclusive boarding schools? Toss in a smart-alec psychic detective, a swishy business partner and a millionaire boyfriend...and I think you might explode if you tossed any more cliques.

High art? Not by far. Toss-away poolside reading? Absolutely. I'm unlikely to read any more of the series, despite the hilarious punny titles, just because the characters are beyond predictable, and I'm so tired of gay men being portr
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Sallee
Nov 10, 2014 Sallee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Second in the Ghost Buster mysteries, this story takes place at a time when M.J. had a beau that is also an investor in her business. In the later stories,, one of her team mates woos her. This story takes place at a private boarding school near Lake Placid where a treacherous ghost by the name of Hatchet Jack chases young people with a hatchet. M.J. and her friend, Gilley must vanquish this horror before more people die. Fast paced with some surprising facts makes this a fun book.
Sandie
Nov 03, 2014 Sandie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who enjoy mysteries featuring psychics or mediums
Recommended to Sandie by: John at Murder by the Book
As the second book in this ghoulish series opens, we discover that Dr. Steven Sable enjoyed the process of ghost busting when trying to contact his grandfather in book one, he invests in the partnership of MJ Holliday and Gilley Gillespie. With his influx of cash they are able to buy all sorts of new equipment: night vision cameras, handheld computer thermal imaging devices, electronic energy detectors, some brand new, state-of-the-art walkie talkies, video monitors, digital cameras, a laptop, a ...more
Lura (The Life of Serendipity)
Jul 01, 2011 Lura (The Life of Serendipity) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone that loves a good ghost mystery!
Every school has its bullies, but Northelm Boarding School near Lake Placid, New York, houses a real whopper: a lean, mean, and deadly demonic ghost named Hatchet Jack. M.J.'s good friend Karen has asked her- along with partners Gilley and handsome Dr. Steven Sable- to send Hatchet Jack back to the portal he came from.

With renovations at the school starting in a week, there isn't much time for ghost hunting. Plus M.J. has to deal with an uncooperative dean, Gilley being paranormally preyed upon,
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C.
May 07, 2013 C. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quirky cover art soothes an off-putting title and “Demons Are A Ghoul’s Best Friend” happens to be about a dangerous spectre. I balk at demonic subjects due to Christian rearing but love a ghost story. This was a peculiar but engaging one. Victoria Laurie admits in a foreword that she scoured for material to fulfill a timetable (those dreaming of contracts sigh “must be nice”). Her assistant drummed up articles about a haunted school in New York state and I wondered if forced creative juices wou ...more
Amber
Apr 14, 2013 Amber rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book two in the Ghost Hunter Mystery series. I found this one much better then the first. It started off kind of slow at the beginning but it didn't stay that way for long. Pretty soon I found myself really into it and would read as much as I could get in every night or as long as my husband would let me before he wanted the lights out to go to bed. My thoughts on this book are this. The ghost in this one is nasty. I'm really glad this is fiction we have enough horrors in our world and bad thing ...more
Elizabeth Nesbit-comer
I have mixed feelings about this series. I love the premise of ghost hunters and the cases are interesting. Hatchet Jack and the children ghosts were definately intriguing. The covers are simply wonderful. Definately a book I enjoy having on my shelves. MJ is a great main character and you can tell the author really knows what she's talking about with the psychic stuff.

... ok what I can't stand with this series is Gilly and Steven. Gilly is whiny and tries way to hard to be stereotypical gay
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Astrid
M.J. Holliday has the gift of communicating with the dead, even though sometimes it doesn’t feel like such a great gift. Every school has its bullies, but Northelm Boarding School located near Lake Placid, New York, houses a real bad one: a deadly demon named Hatchet Jack. M.J.’s good friend Karen has asked her—along with her partners Gilley and Dr. Steven Sable (a.k.a. Dr. Delicious)—to send Hatchet Jack back through the portal he came from. With renovations at the school starting in a week, th ...more
Jennifer
I was dissatisfied with the first novel in this series, "What's a Ghoul to Do" because our heroine, MJ Holliday, medium and psychic, got into lots of should-be scary situations, yet never managed to be in any danger. It's pointless to read a "ghost hunter" mystery when it's got less "scare" than the Haunted Mansion ride at Disneyland! With "Demons are a Ghoul's Best Friend", MJ is faced with a hatchet-wielding ghoul who has terrified children and adults alike for 30 years. I had high hopes that ...more
Julie H.
Teeko (as in T.K.O. or total knockout), ghost hunter M.J. Holliday's best friend, hires the Scooby Gang to investigate a supernatural attack on her beloved niece at the girl's boarding school. M.J. and crew depart Boston for Northelm Boarding School, just outside Lake Placid, NY, where they take on their most vicious poltergeist yet. As you can well imagine, the administrators of this $40k+/year boarding school are not keen to have word get out that an entity known as "Hatchet Jack" has been bel ...more
Amanda Caldwell
Basically, I LOVED this book. I thought the mystery was great and intriguing. It really kept me guessing and I read the book pretty face because of it. I'd start reading and next thing I know 60 or 70 pages had passed. I actually found some of it kind of scary. I didn't actually get scared reading it, but thinking of what the people being chased by Hatched Jack must have experienced that's scary! For a book about ghosts the only thing I found unrealistic was the vast amounts of money some of the ...more
Melissa
Oct 10, 2008 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Melissa by: Blarneygod
Man, this one was much better in my opinion than What's a Ghoul to Do?. We joined Ghost Hunters M.J. Holliday and Gilley Gillespie and their new partner Dr. Steven Sable as they head up to Lake Placid to help rid a boarding school of a hatchet-wielding poltergiest. This one creeped me out a lot more than the other. I felt the mystery was a little more developed than the first book in the series. Laurie redeemed herself by not really repeating a lot of the situations that occurred in the first bo ...more
Paula Ratcliffe
Jun 04, 2011 Paula Ratcliffe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
The things going bump in the night are at an all time high. A friend of MJ's desperately needs her assistance. Her niece Evie is being haunted at her private school by Hatchet Jack who haunts the local elementary wing of the campus.

MJ, Doc, Gilley and the hunky Doctor Steven Sable head to Lake Placid NY, to get to the bottom of things. They encounter many ghosts while there and one nasty spirit out to scare everyone. While there MJ and Steven find themselves having a hard time communicating with
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Barbara ★
It's been years since I read the first in this series (2012 to be exact) and I had the same reaction to this one that I had to that one. Exciting, suspenseful and funny.

M.J. Holliday is a psychic medium, Gilly Gillespie is her gay business partner and Dr. Steven Sable has joined the gang as the money man. In this adventure, MJ's best friend, Karen has requested their assistance in de-ghosting a boarding school that her niece attends. Apparently Hatchet Jack has chased her around the campus scari
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Myhotstylist
Aug 31, 2010 Myhotstylist rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
oooh what a wild ride, 2nd in the series, this was even better than the first. MJ Holliday goes after Hatchet Jack in this installment. This book is fast paced and kept me guessing till the very end. A real page turner; you can expect to lose sleep on this one as you wont be able to put it down. This book has it all, Lot of mystery, ghosts, ghost hunting, murder, action , humor, and a little fluffy romance with Dr. Delicious. The ending had a huge twist that i wasnt expecting! What a great book. ...more
Kristal Cooper
In the Acknowledgements, the author admits that she put absolutely no fore-thought into this book - a fact that is painfully obvious as you read on. It's a very thin story with lots of filler. The bits where she's actually interacting with the spirits are somewhat interesting - inspired by Laurie's professional experience as a psychic. Dr. D's mis-attempts at American colloquialisms remain an annoyance to this reader, since idioms are some of the easier and most interesting parts of a foreign la ...more
Jazzie Suknanan
Sep 25, 2009 Jazzie Suknanan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an awesome book if you like a good mystery/suspense/thriller/supernatural story. It follows protagonist M.J. Holiday and her colleagues Gilley and steven in teir ghostbusting business. M.J. is called on job by her best friend on a business in which her neice's school is haunted by a sinister demon named Hatchet Jack. The Malicios polterigiest terrorizes the kids in the school as well as M.J. and her friends.
Yodamom
Jul 08, 2010 Yodamom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Ghost busting team goes into the woods to hunt a very nasty ghost with a taste for young boys and terror. Steven has joined the team bringing a new look on the hunt process and a soul searching of feelings involved. Things get dangerous and the relationship gets heated. Doc the parrot is full of great snarky comments at all the wrong times. A great fun mystery, I found myself laughing out-loud several times.
Isis
Dec 16, 2011 Isis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-reads
Really good and scary read. Granted, I know that the events in this book are unrealistic, but with my fear of horror flicks and the like, as well as the fact that I read this at night, I was deeply terrified by Hatchet Jack.

The ending came with a sigh of relief, especially since everything was given a good ending. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.

However, I plan on reading that one during the daytime, rather than when I'm dead tired.
Robin
Second in the series, and it was still pretty good. We do, indeed, get to see more of the doctor (not nearly enough, but still more), and the mystery was entertaining. I still get the feeling these books are like Sweet Valley High meets, idk, the illegitemate child of Sookie Stackhouse and Rachel Morgan. But don't let that stop you reading the book. I recommend it, just not as highly as some other books I've read lately.
Doris
May 07, 2009 Doris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There were a few spots which showed this was not written with a serious audience in mind, but still an excellent read. Somewhat predictable (the villian turned out to be exactly who I thought) but not totally (the overall ghost hauntings were not for the exact reason I thought, and there was a personality surprise at the end.)
Ann Marie
This was a quick read of Laurie's second in her Ghost Hunter Mysteries. I really like her main characters MJ and Gilley. MJ is a medium and her business partner Gilley is afraid of ghosts. It makes for great interactions. Hatchet Jack, the ghost in this adventure is pretty creepy and his story as its told even creepier. I'll look forward to the next book in this series.
Amanda Cobb
Feb 06, 2011 Amanda Cobb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a fun and quick read. Although I had the mystery solved before the end I still enjoyed the character interaction. The author did dumb things down a few too many times for my liking though. I am not sure that the everyday person in her story wouldn't understand the terms she was using to describe her skills as a medium.
Laura
Aug 17, 2010 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Teeko comes to MJ and asks for help after Teeko's niece was attacked by a ghost, Hatchet Jack. MJ, Gilly and Steven go to the boarding school where the event happened and try to figure out who the ghost is. This is Book 2 in the Ghost Hunter Mystery series. I liked it better than the first book. I really like MJ and Gilly and hope to read the 3rd book.
Karen
Nov 11, 2014 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, mystery
Okay I think the second book was better then the first. And i still love the parrot. And Victoria Laurie really knows how to keep you on your toes and laughing. And also knows how to really through you off
Elizabeth
Nov 18, 2011 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
This was a haunting story - literally. No, ghosts didn't fly around my head, but the story stuck with me for days and I found myself thinking about various elements of the ending in the days that followed. I think I'm still working through some things...
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Victoria Laurie is the New York Times bestselling author of 30 books and counting. Victoria divides her time between her two adult mystery series, (The Psychic Eye Mysteries, and The Ghost Hunter Mysteries), and a Y/A thriller, When (Formerly titled Death Date), to be released in early January of 2015.

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Ghost Hunter Mystery (10 books)
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  • Ghouls Just Haunt to Have Fun (Ghost Hunter Mystery, #3)
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  • Ghouls, Ghouls, Ghouls (Ghost Hunter Mystery, #5)
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